U.S. adolescent alcohol use by race/ethnicity: Consumption and perceived need to reduce/stop use

Yvonne M. Terry-McElrath, Megan E. Patrick

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    Understanding racial/ethnic drinking patterns and service provision preferences is critical for deciding how best to use limited alcohol prevention, intervention, and treatment resources. We used nationally representative data from 150,727 U.S. high school seniors from 2005 to 2016 to examine differences in a range of alcohol use behaviors and the felt need to reduce or stop alcohol use based on detailed racial/ethnic categories, both before and after controlling for key risk/protective factors. Native students reported particularly high use but corresponding high felt need to reduce/stop use. White and dual-endorsement students reported high use but low felt need to stop/reduce alcohol use.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)3-27
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 2 2020

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    Development of this manuscript was supported by research grant R01AA023504 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Data collection was supported by research grant R01DA001411 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The study sponsors had no role in the study design, collection, analysis or interpretation of the data, writing of the manuscript, or the decision to submit the paper for publication. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the study sponsors.

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    © 2018, © 2018 Taylor & Francis.


    • Adolescent
    • alcohol
    • binge drinking
    • high-intensity drinking
    • race/ethnicity

    PubMed: MeSH publication types

    • Journal Article
    • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural


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